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Forum topic by 5fish posted 07-14-2013 01:09 AM 2986 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2013 01:09 AM

I’m fixing to start a mudroom bench and cabinets. I’m using birch ply for the boxes. I am having a hard time finding any birch solid stock for my face frames and doors and the customer is wanting it stained. What other kind of wood could i use for my face frames and doors that would still look like the birch after being stained?

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 01:57 AM

Maple? Aspen?

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 02:22 AM

I agree with the aspen answer. Can’t remember which, but in Missouri at least, HD or lowes carries aspen solid stock. It’s a very light colored wood and will probably be able to be stained to look like birch.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 03:30 AM

Menards carries Aspen if you have one near you.


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#4 posted 07-14-2013 03:57 AM

I have used hard maple on kitchen cabinets as a face frame and birch side panels, birch and maple are hard to stain uniformly they tend to bloch.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 07-14-2013 04:10 AM

Maple is very similar. Both will blotch when stained, but pre-stain conditioner works well.

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#6 posted 07-14-2013 09:07 AM

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#7 posted 07-14-2013 10:12 AM

+1 on maple; not a dead nuts match but very close.

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#8 posted 07-14-2013 12:55 PM

Maple – without a doubt.

Aspen is much softer than maple and doesn’t stain (match birch) as nice. Good product for paint.

Also, consider clear coating the inside of your cabinets. Birch ply doesn’t stain very well unless you use a conditioner or spray it on. The clear coat looks awesome and adds light inside. And it’s less work, 2 coats – done.

Solid birch sucks to work with. They Do sell maple plywood too. But it sounds like you’re already half done.

The stain finish is what is going to save this project. A rubbed on light stain will stand out on the birch bench with maple trim. Might need to do some samples before you start.

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#9 posted 07-26-2013 03:13 PM

When you say birch plywood I automatically think Baltic Birch with it subtle, straight grain pattern. If that is the case you’ll probably want a face frame wood that has subtle grain pattern as well. Maple should work but doesn’t stain real well. If you go with a darker stain it will conceal the blotchiness. I might also suggest trying Poplar. it is inexpensive, and widely available. If you pick your pieces right you can get very little grain pattern. The same staining considerations should be taken as with maple.

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#10 posted 07-26-2013 03:31 PM

You might want to try alder, it will match the birch well when stained. It’s harder than aspen, softer than maple, and should be less expensive.

-- Fredj

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